.
.
.
Paul Crompton
Paul Crompton

Paul J. Crompton is a former journalist for Al Arabiya English in Dubai. He regularly wrote features, profiles, and analyses on business, security and geopolitical issues and specialized in the history of the Middle East. Paul received a degree from the American University of Sharjah in the UAE. He has lived in the region for more than a decade.

UAE currency exchanges optimistic despite economic worries

Last year, cash sent home by expats in the Middle East, mainly from wealthy Gulf states, reached an estimated $120 billion...

Obama’s presidency sees shift in US-Saudi trade ties

During Obama’s presidency, US annual exports to the kingdom have grown by over 80 percent...

Could there be no one left in Syria by 2031?

The estimated death toll varies from 250,000 to 470,000, while the UN refugee agency says a total that 11.3 million have been displaced...

A look at Assad’s half-decade of defiant speeches

'In the past, people used to say he was out of touch with reality... Apparently we were out of touch with reality'...

Lunch with Dubai top lawyer Essam al-Tamimi: the future of UAE law

One of Essam al-Tamimi’s heros, as he has repeatedly said in interviews, is lawyer-turned-president Abraham Lincoln...

Transport apps leave some Dubai residents uber-angry

Some Dubai residents making the switch from traditional city-owned taxis to ride sharing apps say they feel like they are being taken for a ride...

Lunch with Flash’s John Lickrish: how to bring superstars to the UAE

Since setting up Flash Entertainment eight years ago, John Lickrish’s list of event headliners reads like a celebrity Who’s Who...

Lunch with McDonald’s Yousif Abdulghani: beefing up the Gulf burger branch

The 59-year-old Bahraini, an engineer by trade, is eager to stress that he has little time to relax under the shade of the Golden Arches...